Anastasia Suen

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Art Camp

Art Camp: 52 Art Projects for Kids to Explore
by Susan Schwake (Author)

Booktalk: The BIG Picture

Art Camp is the second book of art instruction from Susan’s new Kids Art Series. This book is an easy-to-use collection of self-guided lessons for kids to pull out again and again to expand their skill sets and gain confidence in making art. The beautiful full-color photographs illustrate the projects in this easy-to-explore guide. Step-by-step simple art adventures are inspired by artists and the natural world in this full-color instructional book.

#kidlit Writing Lesson: the small details

The front matter (the pages before the main text of a book) explains the author’s approach:


Art Camp is a collection of of fifty-two projects made from simple materials.

The benefits are clearly stated:

They are open ended projects that promote creativity and confidence in art making.

The audience for the book is defined:

The projects can be done with little or no supervision for most elementary school aged children.

Take a peek inside with this book trailer.

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3 secrets every children’s book writer should know


On May 3, 2016, #kidlit Book of the Day hosted a “behind-the-scenes” book launch day interview for You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen with award-winning author Carole Boston Weatherford. The interview is shared here as an e-book with updated graphics.

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Ancient and Epic Tales

Ancient and Epic Tales: From Around the World
by Heather Forest (Author)

Booktalk: The BIG Picture

This multicultural anthology presents pivotal episodes from epic tales such as Gilgamesh, Beowulf, the Odyssey, the Ramayana, and more illuminating large-scale narratives that were passed on and preserved through the oral tradition long before being captured in written form by early scribes. (The publication of Epic and Ancient Tales completes the trilogy of Tales From Around the World that includes Wonder Tales and Wisdom Tales.)

#kidlit Writing Lesson: the small details

The introduction to this multicultural anthology explains why these ancient narratives have lasted for so long:

Heroic quests for victory, honor, wisdom, and order have long been threads in the fabric of epic tales. An enduring belief that there is more to reality than meets the eye pervades these stories and allows narrative space for mystical, supernatural, and otherworldly elements to intertwine with the logic of ordinary doings.

The next line in the introduction sounds like a description of the latest blockbuster films. What’s old is new:

Powerful human emotions and recurring themes of death, love, natural disaster, supernatural forces, and parallel worlds flow through the heart of these ancient narratives.

Why do we tell stories? The next paragraph gets to the heart of the matter:

Story listeners throughout history gained life lessons and leadership skills from vicariously experiencing how both the wise and foolish characters of popular adventure tales made choices and experienced the consequences.

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